One of the main areas of focus of Plexus Worldwide is weight loss. Following are the basics on just what glucose does when it reaches the blood stream and how it affects us. Our body requires a base amount of glucose in order to function. Our liver, kidneys and heart all require glucose to do their job. This is why doing any type of diet that tells you to eat no carbs can be dangerous. When we consume food, our body breaks it down and absorbs nutrients that our body requires. Included in this is glucose. Here is where things get a bit more complicated. Although glucose is needed, we consume way more then our body requires. This is where we run into problem with obesity, diabetes and other health concerns related to too much glucose.
Our sugar levels are based on what we eat. Some foods release glucose very quickly while others do it very slowly. When glucose hits the blood stream our pancreas begins releasing insulin, a hormone that helps the body manage glucose. Insulin is responsible for getting nutrients to various cells where it is needed. As insulin delivers the glucose to the different cells in causes a decrease in blood sugar since it is no longer in the blood. The more sugar you eat, the harder the pancreas has to pump out insulin to get it back under control. Without insulin, glucose would not get used appropriately to keep the body functioning.
Have you ever felt fine, or even a bit hyper, and then all of a sudden you crash? You have no energy, feel dizzy, and sometimes even hungry. This is the work of insulin. Sometimes insulin works a bit too well.
Since I feel the discussions of the two different types of diabetes is very important, I will begin working on my next few posts.